An unpopular teenage girl, whose mother is a religious fanatic, is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates. She uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.
©1974 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House Audio
"A master storyteller." (The Los Angeles Times)
"Guaranteed to chill you." (The New York Times)
"Gory and horrifying.... You can't put it down." (Chicago Tribune)
The best so far
How detailed it was, it actually made you connect to the characters and understand the unfolding of a tragedy
She is great, and considering she starred in the original movie, I think she connected to this book in a personal way
The ending, when Sue and Carrie were together. A moment of what I felt was guilt, love, and friendship, and perhaps for Sue growing up.
I actually watch this film when it came out. It was terrific in it's time. I also have read most of Stephen Kings books, including this one years ago. I couldn't resist listening to this book again especially with Sissy Spacek as the reader. Despite the fact I read it years ago, it was more enchanting and captivating then before. Perhaps because I was about their age when it came, out, and years of life can give you a new sense of understanding. I don't see Carrie as a horror book or movie, I see it as a tragedy. And just how cruelness to others can bring out the worse in people who are actually good, but pushed to the brink of madness.
Great reading by Sissy Spacek ! The prologue by Stephen King is interesting, too, for the origins of the character and story. It's got some slow spots, and the writing isn't as polished as later work by The Master, but it's definitely worth listening to.
Many young persons have never read Carrie, depending on the movie to tell them the story. Big mistake. This is far better than the film.
The prom of course. Readers get to see it from different points of view and it makes the experience richer and more unforgetable.
Hopefully the reader will look upon bullying in a different light after reading Carrie and the forward by Stephen King. It is not a victimless harmless activity.
I have loved this book since I was 14. Except for some references, the story is timeless.. A great start to an amazing career. Bravo Stephen!
I would say it is a top 20. Stephen King stories are excellent and the reader was able to show great emotion.
I have and would again, I just wish Sissy Spacek knew how to pronounce Desjardins.
I was actually the most moved by the forward by Stephen King himself explaining where the idea for the novel came from and his regret over not helping the outcasts who were bullied in his youth. Made me think a lot more about it and possibly my own ineptitude in the past.
Yes, to all my friends who enjoy this type of book. The narrator kept things interesting, and intriguing. He absolutely kept me on my toes
The narrators infliction in telling the story. Every moment was memorable because the narrator left a lasting imprint in my mind.
It felt like I was listening to a thrilling story around a campfire, with infliction in tone and excitement. This would have never have been the same if I had read the book
I would not re-name Carrie, since the book is all about her and the life she led, and how she became the crazed girl in the end.
Carrie is a girl with telekinetic powers who has been isolated from her community due to the crazy reputation of her mother. Her mother has kept her sheltered and taught her extreme religions views and opinions.
All of this made going to high school a traumatic experience for her. Especially when the torture and traumatic times seem to occur on a daily basis.
Everything comes together and she finally explodes with rage, taking it out on anyone and everyone who has ever caused her pain.
It just so happens that the whole town has bullied her, so Carrie has a vendetta against a large amount of people.
I'd give this book 5/5 for an classic original King horror book.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
Yes, this was an incredibly well done audiobook. It was definitely better than the movie, I love that she fought back.
Carrie, since the book was narrated by Sissy Spacek and she played Carrie in the original movie...it made it all the easier to imagine.
Carrie and her mother, they were well done and very complicated.
Again I would pick Carrie, that poor girl never got the chance to have a real friend and feel loved. I would love to be her friend.
It's in the top 10 and is my favorite of the horror genre (though I have not listened to that many yet).
Carrie's mother. The portrayal was spot on.
Probably Sue Snell or the gym teacher.
Stephen King's first book, with many of the themes carried out in later books -- horror in an everyday setting, mysterious psychic powers, bullying. He says in the introduction that it is dated, but I didn't find it so -- the only thing that would be needed to bring the story into the 21st century is the addition of cell phones (the shower scene would be all over YouTube if it happened now), and maybe some bureaucratic ass-covering by the principal about the school's zero tolerance for bullying policy.
The reading has some minor problems, though. The story is set in Maine, so her Southern accent isn't right for this book. And she reads some passages in a low whisper, which means that if you are listening in a noisy environment, all of a sudden you can't hear anything until you turn up the volume, and then you get blasted with too-loud sound when she resumes speaking in a normal voice.
Chills up the spine. Real characters that you can "feel their pain" as ostracized, wounded, and hyper-sensitive personalities looking to even the score against the popular crowd. You want them to win even as you are horrified. It's one thing to not care about characters when bad things are happening; it's quite another when the story draws you in and the battle becomes your own. Great listen.
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